Treatment of the mentally ill: Legal advocacy enters the second generation

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In the past, the legal and medical perspectives on issues relating to compulsory treatment focused on the individual's interest in liberty on the one hand and the physician's authority to treat on the other. Neither of these perspectives addresses the contemporary realities of treatment of chronically mentally ill people in the United States. The author suggests an emerging advocacy perspective that focuses on the quality of treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1264-1269
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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